Lacquer boxes

Lacquer miniature is truly a piece of art. The history of lacquer boxes starts from XVII-th century when russian merchant Ivan Kolobov created his own manufacture of peaks for military hats and later snuffboxes . The business went good so the company started to participate in different trade shows. The technology of making boxes hasn’t been changed much since then and counts more then 200 years.
Process of creating a lacquer box is long and complicating. All boxes are made of paper-mache. It is a mix of glue and cardboard. Creation of a box might last up to two month.
But the most important thing is painting of course. The artists often use magnifying glass and special thin squirrel-hair brushes.
There are four schools of lacquer miniature painting: Fedoskino, Palech, Mstera and Choluy.
All of them use themes from fairy-tales or landscapes, but Fedoskino does it with oil paints.
Very often artists use leaf-gold paints, mother of pearl, egg yolk tempera.
These pieces are most definitely worth of being collected.

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